Change to Sports House Team Names

Last year, members of our Students Representative Council raised the question of whether we should consider changing the names of our sports house teams, as some students were unsure of the meaning or history behind them.

After some research, students discovered that the sports house teams were named after local men connected with the school community in the early to mid-1900s, and included chairmen of the School Committee (Mr Mellor and Mr Selth), a local MP (Mr Dunks) and a previous Principal (Mr Devonshire).

Classes discussed the current names and shared their ideas and reasons to keep or change the names of the sports house teams. Students engaged in a great deal of thoughtful discussion over many weeks, before voting for or against a change. Staff and parents were also able to vote to help guide a final decision.

In each group, the votes indicated a strong preference for change. A common reason given was to ensure we all connect to the names and their history. Respondents felt the names should reflect diversity and gender if named after people, or the local environment and culture.

In the next few weeks, we will begin the process of working with students to select new names for the sports house teams. We look forward to launching the new names at Sports Day in Term 4.

Mid-Year Reception Enrolments 2024

Children who turn five between 1st May and 31st October 2024 are eligible to enrol in the Term 3 Reception intake and will complete 6 terms of Reception.

To ensure we are expecting your child, please complete an expression of interest form on the MPS website as soon as possible.  https://www.mitchamps.sa.edu.au/about/enrol

Enrolment offers for siblings of existing students will be emailed next week.

NAPLAN 2024

This year we are once again preparing to undertake the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). As students progress through their school years, it’s important to check how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and numeracy.

NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through the school curriculum and allows parents/carers to see how their child is progressing against national standards and over time. All assessments are online and will be completed on laptops, apart from the Year 3 writing component, which will be handwritten by those students.

The official NAPLAN testing period was brought forward to Term 1 in 2023, allowing schools and parents to receive the results earlier than previously. In 2024, all students in Years 3 and 5 will be participating in the assessments between 13th and 25th March.

As always, we remind families that NAPLAN is just one aspect of our assessment and reporting process. You can support your child by reassuring them that NAPLAN is another part of their school program and encouraging them to simply do their best.

On Tuesday 27th  February, we will be conducting a NAPLAN Nationally Coordinated Practice Test with selected classes from Years 3 and 5. Students will participate in a 45-minute writing assessment or answer a set of numeracy, language convention and reading questions. The purpose of the practice test is to confirm our school's ICT capacity and the logistics of administering NAPLAN later in the term. It will not be used as an assessment of children's literacy and numeracy skills.

Further information about NAPLAN online and the public demonstration site can be found at https://www.nap.edu.au/

Students in Year 3 and 5 will have an opportunity to become familiar with the public demonstration site at school prior to NAPLAN, and may also like to explore it further at home.

For more information about the NAPLAN online, visit NAP - What's in the tests

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Finance News 2024

Outcome of the Materials & Services Poll

We wish to advise parents/carers of the outcome of the 2024 Materials & Services Poll conducted by the School Governing Council. The school community voted in favour of making the prewsribed sum of $475 legally recoverable. The votes received were 201 For and 54 Against.

$100 Materials & Services Rebate 

South Australian families with children attending public schools will receive a $100 SA Government discount per student on their annual materials and services charge. A $100 credit has been automatically applied which reduces your 2024 Materials and Services charge to $375.00.

Financial Statements showing the $100 credit and your Materials and Services invoice have been sent home with your child. Please only pay the amount highlighted on the Statement.

The rebate does not apply to families approved for scxhool card as they are not required to pay the materials and services charge. See separate School Card heading for more information.

Payment of the Materials & Services invoice is due by the end of Term 1. qany extension on this time can be arranged by setting up a Direct Debit or Payment Plan. Please email dl.0270.finance@schools.sa.edu.au for the authorisation form.

Excursions and activities

Excursions, camps, activities, aquatics, swimming lessons etc will be invoiced individually prior to each event. Details will be uploaded on our QKR! App and payment must be made prior to attendance. A letter will be sent home digitally with details of the excursion and payment instructions.

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We encourage parents/caregivers to download the Qkr App which is a convenient way to pay for all school fees, excursions, uniform purchases and canteen lunch orders. Details of your order and payment will be forwarded securely to the school each day. This provides you with the convenience of being able to make payments at any time and will eliminate payments being left in school bags.  Itemised QKR! e-receipts provide you with a record of purchase and are a convenient way to keep track of your payments.

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Low-income families with children that attend government schools can get financial help with school fees – materials and services charges – through the School Card scheme.

School card applications are now open for 2024. Information on school card eligibility, income limits and the application process can be found at: www.sa.gov.au/education/schoolcard.

School Card MUST BE APPLIED FOR EACH SCHOOL YEAR and lodged at your earliest opportunity.

If you need help completing your application please contact School Card on 1800 672 758 (free call).

You will be notified by the School Card Section of the outcome of your application, please do not pay any money towards your Materials and Services charge until you know the outcome.

Family Details Updates

A reminder to families to please advise the school office of any changes of address, phone numbers or emails as soon as possible to ensure your contact details are current. Advice needs to be made in writing.

Department for Education policy states that a parent is required to provide evidence of the child or young person’s primary place of residence at enrolment and any time it changes.

The following primary documents will be accepted -

Parents who own their residence must provide:
  • a copy of the contract of sale for the property (or a recent council rates notice)
  • a recent gas or electricity bill for that property.
Parents who rent their residence must provide:
  • a rental agreement that covers the first 12 months at the school
  • a bond receipt lodged with Consumer and Business Services
  • a recent gas or electricity bill for that property.

Canteen News

Welcome to our new families! We hope you and your children have settled into the Mitcham PS way of life. I would like to give you a little information about the canteen.

We offer a wide variety of menu options, including specific dietary requirements, such as gluten free and vegetarian, which follow the recommended Right Bite guidelines. There is a new menu and layout this year as well as a few changes to the product purchase days.  Recess/lunch ordering is done through the Qkr app with orders closing for the day at 9.00am.  A reminder that you will need to put the correct classroom number in for each student to ensure that lunches are sent to the correct classroom. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 2pm.

The canteen welcomes all volunteers! If you would like to help, come and see myself, Ann or Kerry and we will steer you in the right direction. Please don’t hesitate to contact us! We look forward to feeding your children!

Anita, Ann & Kerry - canteen staff

From the Library 2024 Term 1 Week 3

Welcome to the Library

Hello and welcome back everyone! For those who are new to Mitcham, the library is located in the Tutt building and is open to students from 8:35am to 3:15pm, but closed during recess time. The library is a welcoming place where students are able to read, borrow books, play with puzzles, colour or create Lego masterpieces.

Borrowing Books

Teachers have booked a time to bring their classes in for weekly borrowing lessons however students may come in before school or during lunch times to do additional borrowing. Students from Reception to Year 2 are able to borrow up to four books, and students from Year 3 to Year 6 may borrow up to six. Books are borrowed for two weeks, and after that they will fall overdue and need to be returned before any more borrowing can occur.

Overdue books

We would much rather students be able to continue borrowing than be worrying about a book they can’t find. Parents, please, if you or your child are concerned about any books that are overdue or lost, contact Vasi in the library on vasi.gelasakis474@schoolsa.sa.edu.au. While we expect students to treat our library books with care, we do understand all sorts of things can happen. Overdue notices will be sent directly to the parent email you have nominated for receiving notices. Years 3-6 students have a school email address to which we will also send overdue notices.

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Premier’s Reading Challenge

Teachers have distributed these forms in the classroom. When completed, reading challenge forms should be handed in person to Vasi or Sunyoung in the library. The library has spare forms if required. We have an excellent range of the Premier’s Reading Challenge books and we are always happy to help students locate them. The PRC website at https://premiersreadingchallenge.sa.edu.au/ has online lists you can check from home. In the Library these books can be identified by the coloured stickers on the books’ spine. Reception to Year 2 students have red stickers, Year 3-5 have green stickers and Year 6 books have yellow stickers. The Premier’s Reading Challenge concludes on 6 September.

Book Club

Our school is participating in Scholastic Book Club again this year. Once a term, during the school year, I will send home a Club catalogue with a different selection of books offered for all ages. You will find award-winning books and bestsellers, as well as old and new favourites. Each order helps earn free books and teaching materials for our library, however there is never any obligation to order.

It is easy to order. The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at www.scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Only orders requested and paid for online via LOOP will be accepted. We are unable to accept cash, cheque or credit card payments to the school. The first catalogue was sent home last week.

Yours in reading - Vasi and Sunyoung

Diary Dates

Please see below the upcoming important dates and school events for the remainder of term 4 2023.

Tuesday 28th November  Family Night
Friday 8th December Year 6 Social
 Wednesday 13th December Whole School Transition
Thursday 14th December Year 6 Graduation Ceremony
Friday 15th December End of Term 4 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm
   
   

 

Sports Day 2023

Conratulations Devonshire & Mellor

Thank you to all our students and families for your contribution to an amazing Sports Day.

Congratulations goes to Devonshire for achieving the highest number of points and winning the Sports Day Shield. This year the Values Cup was awarded to Mellor, for demonstrating the school values and excellent sportsmanship across the day.

We would like to thank all the teachers, SSO’s, parents and students who helped throughout the day. The House Captains did an amazing job and dedicated hours of practice for our health hustle, setting up early in the morning, as well as supporting teachers at events during the day and organising their houses for sprints, relays and chants. 

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Year 6 Business and Economics: Market Day

For the last few weeks, our year 6 cohort has been very busy planning, budgeting, making and marketing products for their market stalls. The big day finally rolled around on Friday 17th November.

Here are some thoughts from a couple of our students:

“To begin our project, we had to think about what makes a successful business. Then we had to get into a group and draft a business plan. A business plan is when you decide on the product you’re going to sell, your business name, design, pricing and costing, as well as think about any potential problems you might face and how to overcome them. Before we started making our products we needed to think about all our expenses and assign jobs for each group member.

Then came the making.

The day of the markets dawned bright and sunny: we were all nervous and excited for the day. We had to bring all our equipment and products to school. We all set up our products, marketing, decorations and signs; some of us had music to dance to. Once the customers came it was very hectic but so much fun. When it was all over, we were very proud of our efforts and happy with our sales numbers”

Abby and Clarrie

Everyone’s hard work paid off as we raised over $3,000 for the school! A tremendous effort! A big thank you to all the parents who spent many hours helping their children with advice, transport and moral support! 

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